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  • Texas 4-H Livestock Mentor Training July 25-27, 2008 Sam Womble County Extension Agent Victoria County 4-H Swine Facilities & Project Check List
  • First Things First
    • What are the basic needs of a pig?
      • Space
        • 150 sq. ft./pig
      • Nutrition
        • fresh supply of feed and water
      • Shelter
        • protection from extreme weather conditions
  • Facilities
    • Be a good neighbor
      • Check deed restrictions and zoning laws before you begin construction
    • Plan ahead
      • Can you utilize an existing structure?
      • Consider costs
      • Functional, not necessarily elaborate
  • Facilities
    • Electricity
      • Outlets need to be in a safe location
    • Ceiling height / Ventilation
      • Temperature
    • Flooring
      • Be cautious of slick, smooth surfaces (texture)
    • Storage
      • Feed, equipment, supplies
  • Geographic Location
    • South Texas
      • COLD
        • Warm and dry
        • Bedding, lamps, ect…
      • HEAT
        • Utilize shade, fans, misters, prevailing wind, sand
        • Avoid mud holes
  • Soil Type and Drainage
    • Soil type
      • High sand content as opposed to a silt or clay soil
    • Drainage
      • Slope
        • 1 ft. slope/ 100 ft.
      • Base material to build up elevation
  • Accessibility
    • Walking distance of your house
      • Convenience
        • spend more time at the barn
        • enjoyed more by youth, family and friends
    • Trailer access for loading/unloading
    • Alley ways
      • Have gates that open across alley ways to make sorting and penning easier
  • Waste Disposal
    • Pens should be cleaned daily
      • Aid in controlling insects, disease, odor
      • Carry waste away from pens
      • Compost pile
  • Project Check List
    • Schedule your visits
    • Bio-security
    • Pay attention to and inquire about the following:
      • Facilities (clean, functional)
      • General animal health
      • Feeding schedule
      • Fresh water
      • Weight
      • Showmanship
  • Summary
    • The “Little Things”
      • The little things done at home each day can be the difference between a premium and a floor check.
    • Remember what our purpose is
      • People are willing to help
      • Enjoy what you do, you’re making a DIFFERENCE !